Extortion goes on in name of top terrors

Md Esaraf Hossain

6 September, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Organised gangs of criminals as well as extortionists still continue extortion from different influential persons including businessmen in the capital and beyond in the name of branded top terrors in Dhaka’s underworld.

They are doing so threatening businessmen, industrialists, transport owners and garment owners over telephone and systematically realising toll, detective sources said.

Many business owners are not sitting in their own business establishments only to avoid such nefarious nexus.

They are running their business through their employees, it is learnt.

Members of Rapid Action Battalion-4 (RAB) arrested nine such members of an organised gang from Dhaka and Madaripur recently.

The arrestees are Mintu Khan, 35, Rakib Khan Titul, 34, Jamal Sheikh, 43, Rabiul Islam, 34, Sohel Howlader, 26, and Shamim Khan, 19, all hailing from Madaripur, Billal Khan,35, from Patuakhali, Abdul Momin, 28, from Sirazganj, and Rabbi Hossain, 24, from Kishoreganj.

DIG Mozammel Huq, commander of RAB-4, said the arrestees had been carrying out extortion from different influential persons in Mirpur, Darussalam, Pallabi and other parts of the capital city since 2006.

“They demand extortion in the name of most wanted criminal Shadat Group, Shahin Shikder, leaders of Purba Bangla Communist Party, Sarbahara Party and other criminals,” Mozammel Huq added.

Last week, unanimous criminals as well as extortionists over mobile phone demanded Tk2 lakh from a businessman named Haji Abdur Rouf in Gopibagh area. The trader alleged that a gang of criminals recently demanded the amount of money from him as toll, saying that they needed a huge amount of money to release two of our colleagues from jail.

“So, as a rich man we are seeking money from you. You have to face dire consequence if you not pay the money,” alleged the trader. In most cases, owners of different small industries, business establishments, restaurants are being targeted of such criminal gangsters.

Gangsters belonging to different listed hardcore criminals are systematically realising toll from different businessmen by threatening them over telephone. Fearing to be victimised, in most cases, the victims are forced to pay them the toll demanded by the criminals. Businessmen, particularly the owners of export-oriented garment factories, wealthy people, senior government officials and businessmen often receive phone calls from the criminals for toll.

They are subjected to inhuman torture or assassination by the gangsters if they fail to meet their demand.

A resident in Uttara area alleged that recently an unidentified man introducing himself as top terror Subrato Bain demanded Tk2 lakh from him over telephone.  “If you do not pay the money, you along with your family members will be killed,” said the trader.

Deputy Commissioner (DC) (media) Masudur Rahman said, most listed top terrors including Shahadat, and Subrata Bain are now on the run. 

Some other branded top terrorists also remain absconding.

Some of them remain in jail. But their local associates continue criminal activities including extortion in the capital in the name of their runaway bosses. But in most cases, it was found that the callers were totally fake.

“Since the common people get frightened by the top terrors, so some invested interests as well as criminals in the name of such listed top terrorists demand money from different traders as toll and systematically realise the money in many occasions,” said the police officer.